9 Cocktails Recipes to Mix Up for National Rum Day Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Editors’ Recommendations Exo/FacebookBy 2050, we’ll be nearing 10 billion people on earth, according to the United Nations. Our current food production is not nearly capable of feeding that many people. The UN published a report in 2013 delcaring that insects like crickets and mealworms will help us survive our impending food crisis.Since then, producers of edible insects have been hopping onto the scene (sorry, couldn’t resist). In particular, crickets have huge health benefits and are relatively easy to harvest. You might have eaten crickets already in the energy and protein bars out today.Crickets are about 65 percent protein by weight. Full of vitamin B12, potassium, omega 3 fats, and prebiotic fiber, crickets are veritable superfood. According to Crickstart (more on them in a moment) they contain:two-times more protein than beef.two-times more iron than spinach.two-times more calcium than milk.seven-times more vitamin B12 than salmon.They’re not only a powerhouse of vitamins and protein, they are far easier on the environment compared to traditional livestock. Per pound of edible food compared to cows, crickets:use 2000-times less wateruse 12-times less feed.make 80-times less methane.Movies like Snowpiercer might not be far off with their buggy predictions, however we can all agree that insects can be a little more appetizing. Companies in the U.S. and Canada are making bugs super tasty, especially in the form of protein bars to power your breaks, adventures, and workouts.CrickstartCrickstart is using certified organic crickets to make delicious protein bars, crackers, and smoothie mixes. They add fresh veggies like kalamata olives and bell peppers to the chips. For the bars, seed butters and dates hold everything together. There is no gluten, dairy, hydrogenated oils, or refined sugars. All these tasty treats come in flavors like Cinnamon Cardamom, Chili Chocolate, Lemon Lime, Olive, Mango, and Banana Raspberry. If this sounds tasty, use the discount code “THEMANUAL” to get 15 percent off!Coast ProteinFrom the west side of the continent, Coast Protein makes Cranberry, Dark Chocolate, and Peanut Butter bars. Gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free, the Coast bars have 10 grams of clean cricket protein, 16 grams of unsaturated fat, and 40 percent of your daily iron. Basically, Dark Chocolate tastes like a brownie but has the nutrition of a high-quality protein bar.ChapulIn hundreds of stores around the U.S. and Canada, Chapul is making a strong push into the health food market. The brand made its first bar in 2012, appeared on Shark Tank in 2014, and has been perfecting the recipes every since. With bars like the dark chocolate Aztec, goji-filled Matcha Tea, and Thai-inspired Coconut Ginger and Lime, you’ll be able to power your workouts and travel the world with your taste buds at the same time. Try the sampler pack for all the flavors.LithicLithic imports their soon-to-be-certified organic crickets from Thailand for their bars, protein powder, and pasta. With a high percentage of cricket flour, the bars pack a high-protein punch, and since they’re soy-, lactose-, and gluten-free, they’re easy on your stomach. The company adds dates, almonds, and dried fruit to make the Banana Bread, Blueberry Vanilla and Dark Chocolate Brownie flavors.ExoOne of the bigger cricket bar manufacturers, Exo is formulated by a three-Michelin-star chef. These bites are Paleo-friendly (aside from the PB&J flavor) with no gluten, soy and dairy. Each bar contains about 10 grams protein, 5-7 grams of fiber, and 14-20 grams fat from a combination of the crickets and nut butters. To put that into perspective, there are about 40 crickets in each bar. You can order directly from the website or start a subscription so you’ll never be short a superfood snack.
Isabella Spinella, age 13, has been named 2019 junior citizen of the year by the Delhi & District Chamber of Commerce. Brian Thompson / Brantford Expositor This sense of community spirit also comes naturally to the chamber’s 2019 Junior Citizen of the Year. Isabella Spinella, 13, is a familiar face in Delhi wherever the call goes out for volunteers.“Isabella is a truly amazing young lady,” the chamber says in a news release.“She is the type of individual that spotted a lady in a wheelchair across the parking lot at the grocery store and ran across to help her open the trunk and put her groceries inside.”Spinella volunteers with local youth groups. She also volunteers with Delhi’s Christmas campaign, working at the breakfast with Santa, Christmas crafts and with the Santa Parade itself.Spinella shovels snow for seniors. She also visits senior homes at Christmas to play her ukulele and sing songs with her friends and hand out gift bags.Spinella is part of the Buddy program at school, helping her “little buddies” read or complete other assigned work.She is an active volunteer with wheelchair basketball and offers “date night” at her local church. There, she babysits so members can enjoy a night out without the children.This past summer, Spinella had an opportunity to give back to a peace camp offered for kids that are being bullied. She had attended the camp herself but went back this past summer as a volunteer. The program is sponsored by Haldimand-Norfolk REACH.“It feels good knowing people see what I do,” Spinella said, adding she enjoys volunteering because “It’s nice to see the smiles on people’s faces when they get help.”Spinella also volunteers on Thursday nights at the Old Town Hall in Waterford. There, she helps set up for the entertainment, selling food at the concession stand and occasionally taking the stage to play ukulele.Spinella said the Old Town Hall sponsored her for a drama program, so helping them is a way of giving back.Spinella’s grandmother Gloria MacFarlane says Isabella “is blessed to have strong Christian women in her life as good role models. She’s got a big heart.”MacFarlane said it’s good to see positive influences and notes “there are a lot of kids out there doing good things and it’s nice to see the recognition.”“She is a true example of the positive attitude of the youth in Delhi,” the chamber added.The Delhi chamber will recognize Brown and Spinella at its 2019 Gala May 8 at the Hungarian Hall.The event includes a business trade show as well as awards to area businesses.Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with supper served at 6 p.m. Tickets at $35 apiece include a full-course meal. Tickets are available at Dave’s Variety, Delhi Pharmasave, The Second Mouse Cheesetique and at The Wine Shop.More information is available at delhichamber.ca.– with files from Brian ThompsonMSonnenberg@postmedia.com Years of quiet caring at the Sharing Pantry food bank and elsewhere will be recognized in Delhi next month.For the past 15 years, Ruth Brown has been a driving force behind the Delhi food bank. With Brown’s help, the food bank has expanded its mandate to include the distribution of clothing and essential household items.“The Pantry is working on providing more nutritional food to make sure recipients receive a more balanced diet,” the chamber said last week in a news release. “Although the operation of the Sharing Pantry requires a number of volunteers, Ruth is the catalyst that continues to make the Sharing Pantry such a successful community resource.”Brown has lived in Delhi for 30 years. She also sits on the Delhi United Church’s board of directors and is involved with the church’s Outreach committee.Brown helps with the church’s annual coat drive and is involved with Delhi United’s monthly Messy Church crafts and activities program for young people.“We all need to help each other,” Brown says. “Why would we choose not to help if you can help?”The 59-year-old Delhi woman said she is “still a little overwhelmed” with the award.“I think the most important thing is, I may be getting recognition and thank you [for it],” Brown said. “But this is a whole group of people, not just me.”Brown and Andy Fitch manage the food bank as a team. She says Fitch has always supported her ideas or changes she wants to make.“I’m amazed what comes in and goes out, and what we can accomplish in a broom closet,” Brown said. “It’s my happy place.”